August 10, 1980 |
Kamsack, SK, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|NHL Draft||180th overall, 2000
Darcy Hordichuk (born August 10, 1980) is a Ukrainian Canadian professional ice hockey winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He has previously played for the Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers.
After playing midget hockey with the Yorkton Mallers of the SMHL, Hordichuk joined the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for 3 games in the 1996–97 season. The next year would see Hordichuk playing with the Dauphin Kings of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), a Junior 'A' league. In 58 games with the Kings, Hordichuk had 12 goals and 33 points, as well as 279 penalty minutes. He would spend the next two seasons in the WHL, playing with the Saskatoon Blades, where he had 515 penalty minutes in 129 games, including 73 fights.
At twenty-years-old, he was drafted in 2000 by the Atlanta Thrashers as the 180th overall pick in the 6th round. Hordichuk became well known in the NHL for his physical play and fighting. Upon being drafted, he was assigned to the Thrashers' minor league affiliate, the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League (IHL). He completed his first professional season also appearing in 11 games for the Thrashers as a call-up. He secured a roster spot with the club in his second year, but was dealt at the trade deadline to the Phoenix Coyotes along with a fifth-round draft pick in 2002 in exchange for prospects Kirill Safronov and Ruslan Zainullin. The following season, he was then dealt to the Florida Panthers along with a second-round draft pick in exchange for defenceman Brad Ference. As he was swapped between teams in his first three seasons, Hordichuk played mostly in the minor leagues.
After the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Hordichuk joined the Nashville Predators and recorded career-highs with 7 goals, 6 assists and 13 points in his first season with the team. He re-signed with the club to a one-year contract on July 16, 2007. After his third season in Nashville, his rights were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2008 fifth-round draft pick on June 19, 2008, as he was set to become a free agent. He did not, however, come to terms with the Hurricanes and instead signed with the Vancouver Canucks on July 1. With Vancouver, Hordichuk scored his first NHL playoff goal in 2009, beating Nikolai Khabibulin in game four of the second round against the Chicago Blackhawks, a 2–1 loss for the Canucks.
Hordichuk was fined $2,500 by the NHL early in the 2009–10 season after checking Columbus Blue Jackets winger Jared Boll's head into the boards during a game on October 5, 2009. The following month, Hordichuk received an automatic one-game suspension for instigating a fight with St. Louis Blues forward Cam Janssen in the final five minutes of a game on November 10. Incidentally, he forfeited $4,015.54 in salary. On October 2, 2010, the Vancouver Canucks placed Hordichuk on waivers. Instead of sending him down to the minors, Vancouver traded him to the Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters. Canucks' GM Mike Gillis had previously pledged to try to find Hordichuk another NHL job.
He signed a one-year contract worth $825,000 with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2011. During the 2011 off-season, Hordichuk vowed to abuse the Sedin twins the next time he played against the Canucks. When the Oilers and Canucks met on October 15, 2011, Hordichuk injured his knee taking a run at Canuck defenseman Keith Ballard, who threw a last-minute hip check at the charging Hordichuk after releasing an outlet pass.
As a free agent, Hordichuk was re-signed by the Edmonton Oilers to a one-year contract worth $850,000. During the lockout, Hordichuk did not sign with a different team, instead focusing his attention on training and improving his game.
On August 19th, 2013, it was reported by Finnish media outlet Ilta-Sanomat, that Hordichuk was offered a one-year worth approximately $270,000 (200,000 Euro) by Helsinki IFK of the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga), but the 12-year NHL veteran turned the deal down.  Presently, he has no offers from any NHL team for his services, and is reported by many media sources that he has officially retired from hockey, but these are unconfirmed to date. Unfortunately, in today's league, his age doe not preclude him from playing for a few more years, however it appears that even in the enforcer role he was providing to teams he played for, he is plagued with injuries and would be a liability to most teams.
Hordichuk spent the summer of 2008 training with Chuck Liddell, a mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion. Hordichuk used the training to improve on his skills in on-ice fighting.
Regular season and playoffs
|2000–01||Orlando Solar Bears||IHL||69||7||3||10||369||16||3||3||6||41|
|2012–13||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||22||0||1||1||12||3||0||0||0||2|
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- "Stars, Devils swap star forwards at busy NHL trade deadline". CBC. 2002-03-19. Retrieved 2008-11-28.
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- Ziemer, Brad (2010-10-02). "Canucks trade Darcy Hordichuk to Panthers for Andrew Peters". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2009-11-12.
- "NHL Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
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- "Oilers Hordichuk 'knee-ds' rest". The Edmonton Sun. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
- Kuzma, Ben (2008-09-04). "Hitman learns from Iceman". The Province. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- Two Sons Born to Vancouver Canuck Players Celebrity Baby Blog, March 3, 2009
- Top Stories - Darcy Hordichuk
- Official website of Darcy Hordichuk
- Darcy Hordichuk's player profile at NHL.com
- Darcy Hordichuk's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Darcy Hordichuk's biography at Legends of Hockey